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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies System 10.5
I love scrollable Stickies, but the method of implementing it has changed slightly under Leopard, as there's a brand new Interface Builder in the XCode tools.

Back in December 2005, Rob Griffiths put together a wonderful walk-though on how to create scrollable stickies under earlier versions of OS X. Read through that article (or print it off) to get most of the information you need to do this.

Things change once you open up the StickiesDocument.nib file in Interface Builder. After double clicking on the Window box, press Shift-Command-I to bring up the Inspector ... and it's a very different Inspector from prior versions of Interface Builder.
  1. In the Inspector (which should say Stickies Window Attributes at the top), click on the Connections icon in the mini toolbar (it's the fifth one over, represented by a blue circle with right-pointing white arrow).
  2. In the Outlets section that appears, double-click on the text labeled Scroll View (not mScrollView). Now, click on the first icon in the mini toolbar (Attributes).
  3. In the Scroll View section, check the boxes marked Show Vertical Scrollers and Automatically Hide Scrollers.
  4. Now, quit the Interface Builder program, being sure to save when prompted to do so.
That's it! You'll now have Leopard Stickies with scroll bars that automatically appear if there's more text than what the window allows.

[robg adds: The writeup I did for Macworld was based on this hint, which covered a number of other things one could do to Stickies in Interface Builder; I'm not sure how many of those may still be possible.]
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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Nov 14, '07 03:58:48PM

Hrm.. I get the scrollbars but regardless of what I do I can't seem to get them to be invisible ala hide scrollers. Am I missing something?



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: ruMac on Nov 14, '07 08:50:52PM

Works fine for me. I have to admit, it did take me a second to find the "window" icon the hint noted (it was not the default view, and I though it was a general "window" click I was asked for -- Duh. But once found it everything worked fine including the vertical bars disappearing.



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: ShadowBottle on Nov 14, '07 09:44:38PM

I think I misunderstood the hint. I thought it would enable scrolling with an invisible scroll bar. As in you can scroll in the sticky but you cant see the scroll bar. As opposed to the scroll bar just not showing up unless theres text to scroll down to.



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: jabberwocky on Nov 30, '07 03:17:14AM

Took me a while to find where I have to be but in the process I no longer have the ability to change the size of the stickie note. I could use a little help on this. Thxs



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: jabberwocky on Nov 30, '07 03:23:36AM

don't know what I did but some how fixed the issue.



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Little Easier way to do the same thing
Authored by: cycomachead on Apr 01, '09 10:13:38PM

All I did was open the nib file.
Then click on the empty space in the center of the note.
Hit Command-1. You don't need to know what it does....
There! the selections for Rt. horiz. and Hide scroll bars will show up.
(Clicking horizontal won't do anything as stickies auto-reflows text.)

Save and restart stickies.



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: kdkaiser on Oct 22, '09 04:29:50PM

How do we add scroll bars to stickies in Snow Leopard? When you double click on StickiesDocument.nib it tells you;
The document "StickiesDocument.nib" could not be opened. Interface Builder cannot open compiled nibs.



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: darrenp on Jan 12, '10 06:55:56AM

I copied a leopard version of the NIB files and modified that, replaced the SL version and restarted stickies.app



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10.5: Add smart scroll bar capabilities to Stickies
Authored by: apikoros on Jul 07, '12 11:32:58AM

Thanks! I was just able to do this by restoring a Leopard version of the StickiesDocument.nib file via Time Machine. Scroll bars are back in Stickies, and I'm delighted. I don't understand why Apple never made Stickies scrollable, since the capacity is there.



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